By ISMAIL KHAN
Published: March 26, 2010
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Taliban militants battled Pakistani security forces for control of a security outpost in a tribal region near the Afghan border, leaving five Pakistani security officials and dozens of Taliban fighters dead, Pakistani authorities said Friday.
Is Pakistan at risk of entering a two-front war? India will surely exploit the compromise of Pakistan's official decision to fight the Taliban within its borders, unless Hillary Clinton's State Department intervenes with some sort of dialogue with India. India is a close ally of the United States, as demonstrated by George W. Bush's favoritism in nuclear policy when he rewarded India to punish Ahmedinejad's Iran. But a sloppy handling of the emerging situation negates nuclear accords between the United States and Russia: the working nuclear relationship on the ground is between India and Pakistan. The peace between those countries has continually been the centerpiece of stability in Asia. The powderkeg, thought to be in Iraq, could turn out to be on the border of India and Pakistan, which continues to be China's geopolitical back yard.